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An Entire Hand

That is how old my niece is going to be tomorrow!  Seriously, where have the past 5 years gone?  Cecelia is such an amazing little person… and I’m not just saying that because I am her aunt!  By the age of 3, she was using the word nocturnal in a sentence and correctly identifying over 50 different species of birds.  Yeah, she’s wicked smart.  She’s also very sensitive and incredibly loving.  Watching her grow and evolve over the past 5 years has been truly amazing!

Last Saturday was Cecelia’s birthday party, it was held at a gymnastics facility near her parents’ home.  For about an hour Cece and friends ran around an obstacle course, jumped into foam pits, and bounced on various trampolines.  The adults, myself included, were really jealous of all the fun the kids were having!

After everyone was finished tumbling it was time for cake and presents.  This is where aunt DD shines.  With the exception of books, I’ve never purchased anything for her.  Everything has been made by hand, with love, from me.  So when Cece stopped opening her gifts and announced “Aunt DD, I want to open your present” I melted!

Several months ago Cece decided she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.  Coming from a large family of animal lovers this was not much of a surprise.  She frequently tends to her sick kitties and puppies administering medications and placing them on a strict regimen of bed rest.  Clearly I had to create something to assist her health-promoting care.

I whipped up a few felt band-aids for her “recovery room”.  As you can see in the picture some are for injured animals others are for healed animals.  They have elastic on the back so they can fit a wide array of stuffed animals.  When my mother saw these she shook her head and placed her hand on her face.  I don’t think my brother was too excited about them either.  Cece thought they were cool and frankly, that is all that matters.

Any one who knows me, Cecelia, or follows this blog is aware of her OBSESSIVE LOVE for deer.  Last year I made her this dress, which is one of her favorite garments.  Keeping with tradition, I wanted to make her something deer-themed again.  She loves playing dress-up but making a deer costume was a challenge I did not want to take on, so I settled for a “Fluffy” mask instead!

Fluffy is the yearling that regularly visits my parents’ home.  Cece LOVES him and is always asking Grammy if she has seen him when she calls.  My mom framed a photo of Fluffy and his family for Cece’s room.

Some of my stitcher friends have mad skills when it comes to making felt masks, me, not so much.  And, in true professional procrastinator style, I waited ’til the morning of her party to make her presents.  What can I say, I’m a busy girl!  It kind of looks like a cross between an owl and a cat.  I probably should have made the ears longer and thinner, but whatever.  The birthday girl didn’t care, she loved it and immediately put it on!

photo credit Allen Tischer

Images and content (except where noted) copyright © 2008-2012 Danielle R Limoge.

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Images and content copyright © 2008-2011 Danielle R Limoge.

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Weekend Hilights

“Aunt Dee Dee, I would like to pick fruit with you sometime, but first we have to dig for buried treasure dressed like pirates. Okay, now where do you keep your pirate clothes?”

Sunday Morning Smiles

While clearing out a section of dead leaves surrounding the kale, I heard Cecelia chattering on about sunflowers. She “planted” one for me  so it would grow this summer. I didn’t see it until she had already left. Melts my heart.

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CeCe’s Crayon Roll

 Last Tuesday Cecelia celebrated her third birthday. Keeping with my tradition of handmade gifts I decided to make her a crayon roll. I originally got the idea from a roll up makeup brush organizer.
I ended up using the same fabrics as her Mama & Me half apron set, so when she opened her gift she excitedly exclaimed “An Apron!” I laughed explaining that yes, the fabrics were the same but this gift was not an apron. Upon a thorough investigation of her present she announced to my mom, “Grammy, I’d like to color now.”
There was lots of oohhhhing and aaahhhing by the adults at her party. Then a wave of annoyance washed over the room once everyone learned I whipped it up that morning.
I think I may have to make one of these babies for my ever growing surplus of crochet hooks! I probably won’t use ric rac as that was a bit of a pain in the arse, but maybe a nice edge binding or a funky ribbon.

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A Date with Pooh

Today a celebrity was in my little town. This is not just any famous person either. He is a house hold name all over the world and just so happens to be the center of my niece’s universe. Who is this super star you ask?? None other than Winnie the Pooh.

When I read Pooh was going to be visiting the Manheim Library I knew Cecelia was just going to freak if she didn’t get a chance to see him. Well, OK, not really since she is not even 2 yet, but she does love him a whole lot! When I saw I had to call to make *reservations* my first thought was “oh dear god, this thing is going to be bursting at the seams with rowdy, snot nosed ankle bitters…obviously! My second thought was “great, no man candy to distract me from the screaming munchkins either, it’s gonna be all moms and their little monkeys.” Much to my surprise we had Pooh all to ourselves! It was like a private LA screening just for us…score! Apparently the first time Pooh visited they over advertised and it was like nightmare on Sesame St! This time in a conscience effort not to have a repeat of last time they under advertised, way under advertised! Apparently the local daycare was due to drop in but they didn’t, at least not while we were there. So again, score! And just to clarify one thing, it’s not that I don’t like children because I do, kind of. I went to school to be an elementary teacher, I just don’t like loud children in large groups that I have no control over.

Now it is time for our show and tell portion of this post.

At first Cecelia wasn’t quite sure what to make of the life sized Pooh and she was very stand offish…at least for the first 3 minutes. She showed big Pooh her bear. She would make the rounds by pointing to the Pooh’s on her dress…made by me of course, then her bear and then the big bear!All of a sudden it clicked and she was like a bear to a honey pot! The librarian read a Winnie the Pooh story to her where it was Pooh’s birthday. Then there was an activity where you placed stickers onto the birthday hat. She was more interested in putting them in her hair and on Pooh.
It was time for Pooh to go back to the 100 Acre Woods so we said our goodbyes and thanked him for a wonderful visit!
Our next stop was my favorite local diner for lunch. I had my usual, an egg white veggie omelet, Cecelia had french toast and Krystal had chicken salad. It was Tigger-iffic! OK sorry about that I am still in Pooh mode! I included this pic because you can kind of see the bib where I cross stitched a dragonfly and frog on for her.
After we had full bellys it was back to Aunt DD’s house for some grown up chatter. I gave CC my box of Liquid Blue Dead Bears to play with. She immediately went for Jerry…good girl! 🙂 Of course I had a Winnie the Pooh beanie in there as well. 🙂I also let her play on the piano. She was quite impressive in her musical debut!

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